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View Poll Results: How happy are you with your actuarial job?
5 - Love - Only been an Actuary 41 12.42%
4 - Like - Only been an Actuary 89 26.97%
3 - Content - Only been an Actuary 69 20.91%
2 - Dislike - Only been an Actuary 22 6.67%
1 - Hate - Only been an Actuary 2 0.61%
5 - Love - Career Changer 29 8.79%
4 - Like - Career Changer 37 11.21%
3 - Content - Career Changer 22 6.67%
2 - Dislike - Career Changer 4 1.21%
1 - Hate - Career Changer 4 1.21%
I am not an actuary or haven't held a position long enough to have a solid opinion. 11 3.33%
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Old 04-17-2017, 03:12 PM
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depends what they changed from
I'm in oil and gas. Almost no one that I work with has a college degree. They're good enough people, but can be very unprofessional at times. My office is inside of a refinery. Honestly I think that just going to a real office and wearing a tie would make me happier lol. I earn a decent living, but I would happily take less money to get a start in actuarial work. About to take exam p.
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I ran this thread based on hearing a few AO'ers complaining about their actuarial job. (My life sucks, I don't make enough, etc etc) It appeared that most of these people had never held a job in another field and I felt they were being ungrateful. I ran this poll expecting career changers to have a higher appreciation for their job, which even though they did come out ahead, it was closer than expected. However, this poll doesn't give all the details as people can like/dislike their job for completely different reasons.

I start my job tomorrow and I'm aware it won't be all butterflies and flowers, but I am grateful I'll be making 3x what I did as a graduate student working 40 hours instead of 60-80.

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Old 04-21-2017, 09:13 AM
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I've only been an actuary and I am rating my job at a 3 right now. Definitely downward bias from the fact that I have an exam in two weeks. Outside of studying it would be more like a 4.
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So, perspective changed?
Nope.

Actuaries are very fortunate to be making the money they do. If you enjoy insurance, actuarial work is a great place to be for the work/life/money balance.

(I didn't vote in the original poll, but if I voted after my first actuarial job it would probably have been a 4.)

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I'm in oil and gas. Almost no one that I work with has a college degree. They're good enough people, but can be very unprofessional at times. My office is inside of a refinery. Honestly I think that just going to a real office and wearing a tie would make me happier lol. I earn a decent living, but I would happily take less money to get a start in actuarial work. About to take exam p.
Why not become a gas trader? Shouldn't be too hard to start scheduling gas somewhere, then work your way up to the options desk. You're already in Houston. And if you hate trading, having some front office experience combined with refinery experience should position you reasonably well for management rotations if it turns out you hate trading. At least you will have booked some time running your own P&L.
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Interesting statistics. And it looks visually pleasing that mostly people are satisfied with what they are doing. Cause there is no perfect job, you are the only one who may make it perfect for yourself!
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I voted "5" as a career changer from a "1" in the U.S. Navy, although I only left the Navy 3 months ago and started actuary 2 months ago. The pay cut was well worth it.
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Right now, I am a "5" Actuary,
Been a "2"-"4" Actuary too.
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I only left the Navy

The pay cut was well worth it.
Actuarial pays less than the navy?

I guess starting out... FSAs are more like "I'm running the ship" salary
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Actuarial pays less than the navy?

I guess starting out... FSAs are more like "I'm running the ship" salary
Yes, I should have specified the pay cut was "LT with 5 years experience" vs. "entry-level actuary". I was making something like 80k after taxes when I got out, but quality of life is so much better now so I have zero regrets.
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